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placeholder October 24, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 18   •   Oakland, CA
National Vocations Awareness Week

A Carmelite profession
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, offers the homily at the Aug. 15 Mass at which Sister Mary Catherine of the Christ Child made her final profession of vows at the Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Kensington. In his homily, the bishop described the ways a Carmelite nun is like the Blessed Virgin Mary. "Great things happen when people say yes to God," he said. Behind the bishop is the communion window of the chapel; the sisters remain unseen but heard singing from the other side of the grille that separates the Sisters' chapel from the public center. The sister takes her vows at the Communion window. Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone celebrated the Mass in the chapel, which was filled to capacity and beyond.
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